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DPP worries over evidence in Chang case

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) to help clarify allegations concerning an alleged information leak, with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) voicing worries over false evidence.

The DPP said it is worried about the possible suppression of evidence and collusion among witnesses in the investigation and called for President Ma Ying-jeou to explain the case to prosecutors.

DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said in a press conference that since the MAC, the Investigation Bureau and senior officials from the National Security Bureau have been revealing information to the media recently, the party is worried that said actions may have led to a forging of evidence and other complications in the investigation of Chang's case.

Huang appealed for prosecutors to summon Chang's superiors, namely President Ma, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), Premier Jiang Yi-hua (江宜樺) and MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) for questioning. Prosecutors should take measures to prevent them acting in collusion, as Chang has said he was betrayed by his superiors in the past, Huang noted.

Ma is especially obliged to come and testify in court, Huang added. According to the Presidential Office, Ma received Chang's petition that listed relevant facts regarding the information leaks two weeks ago, meaning that Ma had known something about the leaks in advance, Huang said.

In order to preserve evidence, the TDPO should search Chang's house, office and the MAC, Huang stated. He noted that the TDPO can also investigate Ma in the case, as it involved a high degree of national security and may concern offenses against the internal and external security of the state.

Chang was formerly the chief negotiator for cross-strait issues; his betrayal of confidential information represents a grave flaw and malfunctioning in the nation's security system, Huang restated. If the accusations against Chang are proved, national security will need to undergo comprehensive review and those involved in the incident must be held fully accountable, Huang said. The government will have to scrutinize and carry out damage-control in regard to signed cross-strait agreements and ongoing negotiations as well, he added.

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